Islands knowledge exchange webinars

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Rural Policy Centre runs a series of webinars on the subject of islands and related issues.

The main purpose is to inform current work in Scotland relating to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, in particular the National Islands Plan, and to bring together people working internationally on Islands issues.

Details of our past events are available here. If you would like to participate in future events, or have a specific topic in mind for discussion, please email us at:

Past events


30 June: Enterprising islanders: The promotion of localism, foundational economies and community wealth building, presented by Prof Mike Danson, Heriot Watt University, and Dr Kathryn Burnett, University of the West of Scotland.

18 May: Delivering research and tertiary education in island contexts, presented by Dr Laurie Brinklow (University of Prince Edward Island), Professor Frank Rennie (Lews Castle College, UHI), Dr Andrew Jennings (Shetland College, UHI), Owe Ronström (Uppsala University).


28 May: COVID 19: A Global Island Response, presented by Dr Francesco Sindico and James Ellsmoor.

26 March: The work of the Small Islands Organisation (SMILO), presented by Sylvain Petit. 


7 November: The [Proposed] National Islands Plan, presented by Erica Clarkson (Scottish Government) and Dr Francesco Sindico (The University of Strathclyde).

11 September: Wildness, islandness and place-based rural development: the case of Kangaroo Island, Australia, presented by Dr Neil Argent (Professor of Human Geography at the University of New England, New South Wales).

31 July: Recruiting Talent to Prince Edward Island, presented by Dr Laurie Brinklow (Coordinator of the Institute for Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada).

29 May: Sustainable Economic and Community Development, presented by Dr Rob Snyder (President of the Island Institute, Maine USA).

19 March: Evaluation of Finnish Island Policy presented by Petri Kahila (Director of the Karelia Institute at the Univeristy of Eastern Finland).

PeriodMar 2019 → …
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • islands
  • remote
  • international
  • prince edward island
  • maine
  • kangaroo island
  • rural development
  • place-based policy
  • island policy
  • community development
  • economic development
  • resilience
  • young people